Microsoft to give Office 365, Office.com apps a makeover

Microsoft to give Office 365, Office.com apps a makeover

You can see the new icons in the image above, and as with the simplified ribbon, we'll see these launch in Word for Office.com this month before arriving to Insiders using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows later in June.

Today, Microsoft announced a bunch of design changes to its Office applications, the most major changes that the suite of apps has seen since the Office 2016 apps; possibly before that, depending on your perspective. To name a few, features like the roaming pencil case and ribbon customisations will debut in the Office apps with the new edition.

Office 2019 for Mac is supported on the two most recent versions of macOS, and to see how to participate in the Office 2019 Commercial Preview program, head here. In addition, there are features in Office 365 ProPlus that aren't in Office 2019 for Mac. It also comes with a word translator, improved inking functionality, customisable Office ribbons, and overall accessibility improvements. Users can expand the ribbon to the classic three-line view whenever they want. They'll hit Word on the Web first, followed by Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the desktop later this month.

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The new icons are meant to render more crisply and cleanly on screens of any size and to look better for those with vision impairments.now there are more than 10,000 different icons in Office, Friedman noted, and Microsoft wanted to make them more consistent and accessible from the get-go, using color, contrast and other design elements. The new icons will be vector graphics, so they should be able to render on screens of different sizes and resolutions. In July, they'll be added to Outlook for Windows, and in August, Outlook for Mac. As such, simply placing your cursor in the search box will trigger a "zero query search" with recommendations power by AI and the Microsoft Graph. Nearly all these features are already available for Office 365 ProPlus users, but owners and users of stand-alone Office for Mac 2016 have been missing out on them.

Search-Microsoft is planning to revamp the search experience across Office apps providing access to commands, content, and people. Microsoft plans to roll it out to commercial users of Outlook on the web in August. Word on Windows will also have to wait as Microsoft collects feedback from a broader set of users.

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